The Weekend in Sports

USA were crowned Champions in the Women’s World Cup final yesterday, beating Netherlands by 2 goals to nil. Donald Trumps nemesis Megan Rapinoe scored a penalty to put the Americans in front just after the hour mark with Rose Levelle doubling their lead just eight minutes later. On Saturday, Sweden pipped England in the pretty pointless third place play off. For the second time in a row an England football team has finished fourth place in the World Cup.

The hosts Brazil beat Peru 3-1 to clinch the Copa America. Everton opened the scoring for Brazil after 15 minutes. A Paolo Guerrero penalty leveled the scoring shortly before half time but Manchester City striker Gabriel Jesus ensured Brazil went into the break in front with a goal in added time. Jesus was then sent off with twenty minutes to go but Richarlison made sure of the victory by converting a penalty in added time. It’s Brazils first Copa America win since 2007.

Mexico once again won the Concacaf Gold Cup for the 8th time after beating the USA 1-0 in the final. Jonathan Dos Santos scored the only goal of the game on the 73rd minute to further assert the Mexican dominance over the competition.

That leaves the Africa Cup of Nations as the last remaining football competition of the summer. Nigeria beat holders Cameroon 3-2 with Arsenal midfielder Alex Iwobi scoring the winning goal. South Africa stunned the favourites Egypt with Thembinkosi Lorch scoring the winner with 5 minutes to go. The surprise package of the tournament, Madagascar,progressed on penalties after a 2-2 draw with Congo. Algeria were comfortable 3-0 winners against Guinea. Later on today, Mali play Ivory Coast while Ghana go up against Tunisia.

Elsewhere, Meath beat Clare by 2 goals and 16 points to a goal and 18 points in the All Ireland Football Championship while there was also wins for Mayo, Tyrone and Cork.

In Wimbledon, Johanna Konta beat Sloane Stephens while world number 4 Kiki Bertens lost out to Barbosa Strycova of the Czech Republic. Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal both progressed in the Men’s Singles beating Lucas Pouille and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. In Mixed doubles, the dream team of Andy Murray and Serena Williams beat Alexa Guarachi and Andreas Mies in straight sets while Heather Watson and her Finish teammate Henri Kontinen lost out to John Peers and Zhang Shuai of Australia and China respectively.

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